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Mazda 6 Tire Valve Stem Problem (Should be a recall item)
I read a couple of articles people have written about problems with leaking valve stems on their Mazda 6 vehicles. Recently, I experienced the problem first hand and this is a problem that should be on a recall notice item from Mazda. Two weeks ago, I took my vehicle in to get the tires checked for a slow leak in one of the front tires. They checked for leaks but could not find anything, however, by tires did need replacment because the were down to the wear indicator marks. After replacing the tires, they informed me that the Low pressure sensor light did not reset, but it should reset automatically after a couple miles of driving. That same evening, on my way home form work, my front tire went flat again. When the serviceman came to pump up the tire, the end of the valve stem popped off as he was filling the tire with air and the tire deflated like a popped balloon! Needless to say, I was not impressed and the serviceman said it was a good thing I was not driving when that happened. I called the tire shop and they replaced my tire without question. They also put a rubber valve stem in because the specified valve stem is on back order. They told me it was a metal corrosion problem resulting from salt corroding the valve stem at the base of the removable cap. One week later, the other front tire started to leak and it was the same issue. Now I am curious how long before the other 2 go, however, I can only visually check the tires because the low pressure light is on all the time, since I am still waiting for my replacement valve stem to be installed.
In almost 30 years of driving vehicles, I have never heard of valve stems that are only designed to last 2 years, when they cost $80 to purchase. Obviously, there is a problem with them since the replacement parts are supposedly still on back order.
Lesson learned to pass on to every Mazda 6 driver:
Get your valve stems checked as soon as the low pressure light starts coming on, expecially if it is one of your front tires to avoid loss of control if the valve stem pops off while driving.